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Title [Centre News] Publication of Southeast Asian Martial Arts: A Unique and Complex Cultural Phenomenon

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    21-03-2022
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Publication of Southeast Asian Martial Arts: A Unique and Complex Cultural Phenomenon

After conducting a research project on martial arts in Southeast Asia, ICM has recently published its report titled Southeast Asian Martial Arts: A Unique and Complex Cultural Phenomenon.

Introducing the traditional martial arts of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore, this report helps readers deepen their understanding of various martial arts including Silat and Pencak Silat, which have been listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It also provides a novel analysis on the historical development of Singapore from the perspective of a martial art expert. A variety of materials, including pictures of technique demonstrations and interviews with martial arts practitioners and officials from various martial arts organizations, offer enriched understanding to readers.

The publication of this report is a meaningful outcome achieved through the cooperation of global martial arts scholars and experts as well as Universiti Teknologi MARA serving as a central hub for the project. The contributions of unique insights, profound knowledge and cultural diversity by local experts significantly enhanced the quality of the work.

ICM is now carrying out extended per-region research projects which will build on the lessons learned from World Martial Arts – Towards a global overview, which is a basic research report on the status of martial arts around the world. ICM aims to firmly secure its stature as the leading R&D center for global martial arts by expanding its research areas from Southeast Asia to Southwest and Central Asia going forwards.

ICM Secretary General PARK Chang-hyun said, “the latest publication will serve as a key to raising people’s awareness of Southeast Asian martial arts, expanding academic discourse and preserving and advancing traditional martial arts in the world.”